Memory Verse: Lamentations 3:24-26: Day 4
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. –Lamentations 3:24-26
Waiting Quietly For The Lord
We saw yesterday that the Lord is good to those who wait for the Lord. Today we grab the modifying word quietly to describe how it is that we are to wait.
Waiting quietly is expressed in the Habakkuk’s cross-reference.
Habakkuk 2:19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it.
The same word quietly wait is translated silent in Habakkuk. The word is describing the way an idol made of stone waits. It seems quite obvious how an idol like this might wait; it just silently and simply does nothing!
This does not mean that our Christian pilgrimage is one of laying comatose on the living-room couch day and night. But it does help us to understand Solomon’s exhortation to us in Ecclesiastes:
Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.
The Lord is good to those who quietly wait for the Lord!